Meet Our Scholars

Graduate Studies

Meet our Incoming and Outgoing Scholars

Incoming Scholars

Kushagra Trivedi

Kushagra Trivedi comes from the magical Mumbai, India. He's diverse, opinionated, socially aware but also recognizes the importance of giving back to the community. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai where he learned to formulate strategies to expedite development of web applications. He's currently a student in the Master of Science: Applied Computer Science and Society program at University of Winnipeg. His research interests include Machine Learning, Data mining, Artificial Intelligence and Data Analysis. He says his research is more than just a code; it is summarizing big data in form of clusters. He is currently working on developing a clustering Algorithm to detect communities in social networks where he views social relationships in terms of network theory. 

Francis OgoeFrancis Ogoe comes from Ghana and is in the Masters of Arts in Cultural Studies program.  A jovial young man, who attended Mfantisipim School, acquired a Bachelor's degree in Culture and Tourism at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He is interested in the interactions among people from different backgrounds and seeks to use cultural heterogeneity and harmony as a tool to promote global peace and development.

Nicole DorvilleNicole Dorville comes from sunny Singapore.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and has pursued an equally ecologically conscious career as a zoo-keeper, a freshwater ecologist, and a student speaker for her University, encouraging potential entrants to pursue courses in life sciences.  She is currently studying for a Master's of Science in Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy.  Her thesis focuses on studying and potentially finding a treatment for White-Nose Syndrome in North American bats.  She enjoys teaching and is most interested in education in children and youth, particularly those who learn English as a second language.  Her ambition is to be either an academic in her field and/or to be a science educator for children in rural/developing areas and/or with special needs (she can't decide which yet...).

Eashita DabasEashita Dabas comes from the land of diversity, Delhi, India. She completed her bachelors in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. Currently she is enroled in the masters in Environmental, Resource and Development Economics ( ERDE ). Coming from a developing country, she understands the differences in the worlds that exist not only on paper but in reality too, the wedge between the haves and the have-nots and precisely to conquer this even remotely is what I intend on doing in the near future. Eashita has worked closely with multiple non-profit, non-government organizations in the past to make a difference in the society, specially imparting basic education to the under-privileged. This program and scholarship has introduced her to her otherwise latent capabilities by giving her a chance to explore an entirely different side of the globe. She hopes to use the skills acquired over the years to bring about positive change.

Aliraza AlidinaAliraza Alidina graduated with a Specialized B.A. Honours in International Development Studies as a magna cim laude from York University in Toronto.  His areas of concentration were diaspora and migration, politics, governance and policy, and political economy. Prior to that, he completed a three-year advanced diploma program in International Business Administration from Seneca College. Aliraza is pursuing a Master's in Development Practice at The University of Winnipeg. For his field placement he worked on a project with the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg on Indigenous-Newcomer Relations. As an extension to this, he is currently working on a report outlining different initiatives in strengthening this relationship in Winnipeg on behalf of the Immigration Partnership Winnipeg.

Fatima Tuz ZohoraFatima Tuz Zohora is a graduate student (Ph.D.) in economics at University of Ottawa, with particular interests in poverty, economic development, and international policy. As a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee scholar she was involved in research on "Basic income access in Canada" and participated in different volunteer activities.  Prior to enrolling at Ottawa, she completed her MA in economics at The University of Winnipeg.  She holds a Master's degree and a B.S.S in Economics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Fatima is involved in several research projects on development and trade related issues in Bangladesh. 

Apurva BhardwajApurva Bhardwaj graduated in Biotechnology from Thapar University (India) and is currently taking her Masters in Biosciences. Back in her country, she has worked as a business analyst for a biotechnology and pharmaceutical focused market research company, where is wrote market reports for several pharma giants. An avid book reader, loves to travel, loves to sing, often blogs she has had her hands dipped in writing “publically available health content” for different medical platforms too. Her current research project is to study as to how the key proteins in the IGF-IR/ PI3K/ and mTOR signalling pathway is altered in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma model system. History is suggestive of the fact how sciences have magnetized her after all sorts of diverse ventures. She wants to pursue research and contribute to the science fraternity.

Daniel UdenwobeleDaniel Udenwobele obtained his Bsc (Hons) in biochemistry with a minor in microbiology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He was admitted to The University of Winnipeg to pursue a research-based master's degree based on his excellent academic accomplishments and leadership skills. His current research work focuses on the role of N-Myristoyltransferase in cancer and adaptive immunity: an inquiry into cell signalling pathways that are dysregulated during the pathogenesis of breast cancer and in HIV disease. Despite his intense work load, he finds time to participate in fundraising events for muscular dystrophy research, recruiting volunteers to donate blood at Canadian Blood Services, and organizing research seminars within the Faculty of Graduate Studies at The University of Winnipeg.

Kwabena KessahKwabena Kessah comes from Ghana, West Africa.  He is in his second year in the Masters of Arts in Indigenous Governance program.  Hie research topic is "The Impact of Oil Production on the Traditional Livelihood of Indigenous People in Takoradi".

Nana Araba AsaamNana Araba Asaam a Ghanian student in her second year of the Master's in Development Practice program. Her research interests include child labour and empowerment of rural women and girls.  She recently completed her MDP field placement working with RAINS in northern Ghana, tackling issues of women empowerment and child education.  Nana organized many unemployed youth in her home community to engage in mechanized farming as a means to livelihood empowerment and offered free career and education counselling to students in the area.  As a research assistant, Nana currently explores feminism and cooperatives.  She also volunteers for the UWSA and Osteoporosis Canada.

Olu OlugbojiOlu Olugboji is pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Computer Science and Society. He has completed his coursework and is currently working on his research at Seven Oaks General Hospital, analyzing Big Data to simplify their emergency department processes. Olu is passionate about food security, fossil fuel divestment, and the Global Goals' Movement to end extreme poverty. He is a member of the National Volunteer Association and a volunteer at the UWSA food bank and Stony Mountain Correctional Institution.

Rahin Md AbdurRahim Md Abdur is a graduate student in the Master of Arts: Environmental Resource and Development Economics program.  He is interested in international economics, migration, and development. Rahim was a research associate for three years in a private think tank (SANEM) in Bangladesh and worked on different international and environmental issues. He is a volunteer research intern for the Public Interest Law Centre (PILC). Prior to enrolling at The University of Winnipeg, Rahim completed his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Social Sciences from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Victor AlhassanVictor Alhassan comes to The University of Winnipeg from Nigeria.  He is his first year of the Master of Science: Applied Computer Science and Society program.  His research interests include artificial intelligence and computer vision.  His goal is to "train" instead of "code" computers to learn human perception, thereby giving computer systems a mind of their own.  He is a start-up citizen, involved with the Aga Khan Foundation push for global development and a volunteer at the UWSA food bank.

Temobi Amamkwe

My name is Temobi Amamkwe, I am from Nigeria in West Africa. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and International development. With my knowledge from my undergraduate studies I understood the importance of economics in community development. I was actively involved volunteering with different international development organisations like the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on community services for several years. Coming from a different background, I am passionate about working with organisations that are responsible for providing care services to individuals in need, have the opportunity to gain valuable international and practical knowledge of different ideologies and cultural backgrounds. Undoubtedly, this nudged me to seek more knowledge which will be a great benefit in order to be able to face a wide variety of community development issues. My goal is to promote practices to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable economic community development initiatives. Participating in Development practice programme will enable me attain this great ambition.

Elijah Osei-YeboahElijah Osei-Yeboah: My homeland, Ghana is bedeviled with many development problems. This is the main reason why I have taken a career in development. I have a BSc in Development Planning (First Class) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and an MSc in Environment and Development (Distinction) from King’s College London, UK. Including the experiences I had at the tertiary institutions I attended, I have over 11 years of experiences in development practice and research. I have worked at universities, consultancy firms, Non-Governmental Organizations and government institutions. I chose the Master’s in Development Practice (MDP): Indigenous Development for several reasons. They are not far-fetched. First, indigenous knowledge and experiences can help promote development. Second, the MDP program will prepare me further for a PhD. I need additional training in (a) program and project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and (b) quantitative research methods. Fortunately, the MDP will train me in the aforementioned areas. Third, the international field placement component of the MDP program will increase my international working experiences.

Outgoing Scholars

Anna HuardAnna Huard was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but her family is from Couchiching First Nation. She completed the Master's in Development Practice program and is committed to studying language and cultural revitalization, as well as policy analysis in hopes of reintegrating traditional perspectives back into contemporary discourses. In 2014, Anna worked on her first field placement at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.  She recently completed her second field placement at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. When she is not studying, she is partaking in local pow wows and ceremonies, such as Sundances and sweats. 

Leah McDonnellLeah McDonnell is from Toronto, ON and moved to Winnipeg solely for the Master's in Development Practice program. She has traveled the world and worked in different countries. Most recently was in Isreal, working with asylum seekers from Africa.  Her main academic interests are in regards to human trafficking in Canada and Missing Murdered Indigenous Men and Women (boys and girls).  Leah has a background in development, politics, and communications.  She currently works for the University of Manitoba at the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research.

Vanessa TaitBorn and raised in northern Manitoba, Vanessa Tait is proud of her roots as an Ithinew (Cree) woman from O-pipon-na-piwin Cree Nation, Manitoba. Vanessa is currently obtaining a Master's in Development Practice: Indigenous Development degree. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba (2012) and has also completed the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program from Coady International Institute (2011). In 2014, Vanessa achieved the designation of Certified Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED). She is a community leader, as demonstrated by her involvement as Co-founder and Secretary of Manitoba Moon Voices Inc., a non-profit Indigenous women's organization.

Paige SillabyPaige Sillaby is a proud Anishinaabe kwe from the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. She was raised on Dokis First Nation, a small community in Northern Ontario.  Paige is a recent graduate of the Master’s in Development Practice (MDP): Indigenous Development program at the University of Winnipeg. In 2015, she received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies with a minor in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Paige is actively involved in First Nations education policy and advocacy. She has worked at varies student and community agencies including the University of Winnipeg Aboriginal Student Services Centre, Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University Aboriginal Student Centre, Council of Ontario Universities, and Canadian Roots Exchange. From 2014-2015 she served as President of Laurier’s Aboriginal Students’ Association. Paige’s research interests include First Nation education and cultural revitalization. Currently, Paige works as an Education Policy Analyst for the Anishinabek Nation Education Secretariat.

Tyler LoewenTyler Loewen is a fourth year BA in International Development Studies student currently completing his undergraduate thesis. His thesis is concerned with Common Property Resources and the environmental branches of the Indian judicial system, his thesis is informed by research gathered during summer 2017 conducting field work in Gujarat, India at an institutional and community level. He is passionate about issues of land and food justice at the small scale and their intersection with environmental sustainability and resource management. Tyler will be moving to Cambodia in January 2018 to begin a position in the planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting department of Mennonite Central Committee’s national office while working alongside Cambodian partner organizations.

Bryce GallantBryce Gallant is a undergraduate student pursing a Bachelor of Honours degree in International Development Studies, with a minor in Conflict Resolution Studies. She has spent time travelling the world, with academic experience in a countries such as Australia and Colombia. Her academic interests focus on the intersection of development, environmental justice, and gender dynamics. Most recently she was part of a research team in Gujarat India, where she researched the impacts of industrial development and the role of the Indian judiciary on rural women in Mahuva, Gujarat. After completing her undergraduate degree she is hoping to pursue her interests at the graduate level. 

Maddie LMaddie Lischka is a undergraduate student from the University of Winnipeg in her final year of a B.Sc. in Bioanthropology with the intent to graduate in Fall of 2018. This summer she had the opportunity to participate in a archaeological field school in Jamaica and performed osteological research at the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. The field school and skeletal analysis focused on the Taíno population of Jamaica who are acknowledged as the first inhabitants of the island. Currently she is a Dental Hygiene student at the University of Manitoba's  College of Dentistry and hopes to pursue research in the field of dental hygiene and public health.

Erika LeeErika Lee was born, raised, and continuing my education in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated University of Winnipeg with a major in Bioanthropology. Over the past summer, she, along with 6 other University of Winnipeg students, worked in Jamaica on an archeological excavation involving the indigenous Taíno people. What they discovered in Jamaica deepened their understanding of Bioanthropology and Taíno life, of which there is little literature in the latter. Her main interests are culture in medicine and she is currently pursuing a medical degree at the University of Manitoba Max Rady College of Medicine, where she is finding her educational training in anthropology to be most helpful.

Sarah BreretonSarah Brereton graduated from the University of Winnipeg this fall with a BA Honours in History of Art and a Minors in Classics, where she hopes to continue her academic studies with pursuing a MA in Curatorial and Museum studies. While she has yet to pinpoint her focus of study, she is currently exploring settler-Indigenous relations and how such shared histories of colonialism effect contemporary curatorial and collection management practices, and how these can be used to further enhance educational and outreach programs within the gallery setting.

Jess FordJess Ford is originally from Toronto, Ontario and has pursued social justice and human rights issues in Canada, Greece and Australia.  After two years working with indigenous communities in the Northern Territory of Australia, Jess became committed to furthering her education in indigenous studies. In her second year of the Masters of Arts in Indigenous Governance program Jess is focused on researching land based practices, culture and traditional teachings as tools and methods towards the prevention of indigenous youth suicide.

Maia ScholfieldMaia Scholfield was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She will be graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. Over the summer, she worked in Kandy, Sri Lanka on a project concerning fertilizer use in rice paddies, specifically by analyzing soil characteristics and physiological plant data from the Kurunegala region. She hopes to continue her education with a Master’s degree focus on agricultural sustainability and its links to food security. She is currently living and teaching English in Spain.

Steven MellorSteven Mellor has graduated with a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Manitoba and has recently graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Winnipeg. The QE II scholarship allowed for an archaeological and osteological focused field school in Jamaica, specifically concerning the original inhabitants of Jamaica, called the Tainos. His work their involved photographing differing levels of stratigraphy during the dig, as well as everyday activities and human skeletal remains. He would like to thank Dr. I. Conolley, Dr. M. Roksandic, and the Graduate Studies department at the U of W for making this possible. Mr. Mellor is interested in teaching ESL in Canada as well as overseas. His interests include American foreign policy in southeast Asia and the link between language and thought.

Ariane DilayAriane Dilay is an undergraduate student from Winnipeg, Manitoba completing her final year of a B.Sc. with Honours in Environmental Studies and Sciences. She spent this past summer in Gujarat, India learning from community members and local leaders about the impacts that industrial development has on the environment and their livelihood. She will use this information as the foundation for her Honours thesis, focusing on the Environmental Impact Assessment process in India and its use in the environmental court system. She has previously worked for the Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg, researching the impacts of future climate change on the Canadian Prairies. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental policy to help improve the Environmental Impact Assessment process in Canada, and worldwide.

Olemka SkrypnykOlenka Skrypnyk is a recent graduate of the University of Winnipeg with a BA (Hons) in The History of Art. Olenka is currently working in collections management at Pātaka Art + Museum in Porirua, New Zealand. Inspired by her QEII Scholarship and work at Pātaka, Olenka is focused on a critical comparative analysis of Indigenous-Settler relationships in the museums and art galleries of colonial countries. Specifically, Olenka has concentrated on themes of indigeneity in Māori and Indigenous curatorial practice and her own positionality as a settler art historian. Olenka looks forward to continuing her studies in material and cultural studies in the future. 

Jelani DennisJelani Dennis has chosen as his field of study: Biological Anthropology and plans to graduate in October 2017. His particular interests include: Biology and Macroscopic science. He is particularly fond of bones and muscle tissue. While working over seas he was a part of an archaeological field school whilst in Jamaica, studying the presence of the Taino Arawak of The Caribbean. A large portion of the trip was spent in upper Trelawny, JA excavating in search of remains whether biological or artifactual. Since getting back Jelani is a senior member of the University of Winnipeg Anthropology Student Association (UWASA) and Volunteers with the University of Manitoba's Biomedical Youth Program.

Stephanie SkeltonStephanie Skelton is a fourth year anthropology student with interests in human origins and human disease. Aside from school I usually spend my free time reading books, baking cupcakes or perfecting solo paddle strokes. I spend my summers in the boreal forest of Canada working at a summer camp, leading canoe trips to share my love of that part of Canada with others. 

Ashleigh CummerAshleigh Cummer is a Joint Masters student in Peace and Conflict Studies at The University of Winnipeg. She came here from the University of Saskatchewan, where she completed her B.A. (Hons) degree in Psychology in 2015. Her Honours thesis examined attitudes toward the Scottish referendum in Northern Ireland. With the help of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship, Ashleigh is collecting data for her Master's thesis, which examines the perceptions and experiences of grassroots peacebuilders in Northern Ireland. She is also working on three psychology studies exploring the potential for storytelling as a tool for reducing prejudice in conjunction with colleagues at Ulster University. In her spare time, she likes to travel, read, and spend time with her partner, Tom, and young son, Carrick.

David DatzkiwDavid Datzkiw is a Master of Science: Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy student. Under the supervision of Dr. Anuraag Shrivastav, David's work involves studying the delicate signalling interactions within a cell, which act like a vast and interconnected series of dominoes, dynamically responding to stimuli from within and outside a cell. His research will shed light on the role that the unique enzyme, N-myristoyltransferase, plays in colon cancer and on the potential of probiotics in the prevention of cancer. David works as an intern at the National Institute of Science, Education and Research (NISER) in Odisha, India.

Jazmin AlfaroJazmin Alfaro studies in the Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance program and is currently doing research in Dominica. Jasmin's project explores community resilience through oral history semi-structured interviews with Elders and knowledge keepers.  She also studies Indigenous food systems and their role in community resilience. While in Dominica, she aims to engage in community-based participatory research with goals of reducing food insecurity and increasing the resilience of Indigenous food systems. Jazmin also engaged in an INAC Summer internship in Ottawa in 2016.

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